I have been asked to share with you some exciting news about Penguin and their new event, #PenguinChats. This is a twitter event whereby Penguin's twitter account, @penguinukbooks will be holding an exclusive Q&A session with authors, in partnership with other blogs. It is a brilliant chance to ask authors the questions you have been dying to ask them and get a live response!
The first of these #PenguinChats will be running from 8PM on Sunday 27th January and will be with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of the Caster Chronicles series, of which the first book Beautiful Creatures, has been made into a movie. The movie is out in cinemas next month and looks incredible!
Today I am happy to share with you some exclusive content from the books and even give you chance to win a copy of The Beautiful Creatures Official Illustrated Movie Guide or the Beautiful Creatures Manga, pictured to the right. All you have to do is have a guess at the quiz further down the page! (UK Only, entries close at midnight on Wednesday 23rd January)
First up though is the Beautiful Creatures summary and character profiles, written and provided by Kami and Margaret themselves along with some amazing images from the promotional material from the movie:
Is falling in the love the beginning . . . or the end? In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .
There is a girl.
There is a curse.
In the end, there is a grave.
Ethan never even saw it coming.
Ethan is 16 years old and is the books narrator. Six months prior to the start of the book his mother was killed in a car crash and, since then, his father has become a recluse, rarely leaving his library. Ethan dreams of leaving Gatlin to travel the world and fears becoming stuck like many of the town’s residents.
He meets and falls deeply in love with Lena Duchannes, a Caster, and also discovers that he and his family are more involved with the darkness of the Caster world than he could have ever imagined.
Quote: “I’m a freak, you’re a freak. Your house makes rooms disappear, my house makes people disappear. Your shut-in uncle is nuts and my shut-in dad is a lunatic, so I don’t know what you think makes us different.”
Lena is an outsider in a small town like Gatlin, regarded with suspicion by many who misunderstand her. She was born a Natural Caster – an extremely rare type of Caster with incredibly powerful supernatural abilities. When we first meet her, Lena is awaiting her 16th birthday, when she will discover if she will be claimed by the Dark or the Light. Her deepest fear is of becoming Dark and turning into a cruel and evil Caster.
Before moving to Gatlin, Lena has recurring dreams of a teenage boy who saves her and when she meets Ethan, she realises he is the boy in her dreams. But can he save her? Or will her Caster powers be too dangerous for a mortal like Ethan?
Quote: “You’re a Mortal. You can’t understand. I don’t want to see you get hurt, and that’s what will happen if you get too close to me.”
Wesley Jefferson Lincoln, better known as Link, is Ethan’s best friend and the on/off love interest of Lena’s cousin Ridley Duchannes. His life, like Ethan’s, changes upon the arrival of Lena in Gatlin when he discovers the existence of the Caster world – and falls in love with the dangerous Siren, Ridley.
Quote: “Ladies, ladies. There’s no need to fight. There’s plenty of this to go around.”
Macon ‘Melchizedek’ Ravenwood, is Lena’s uncle and was chosen to watch over her until her 16th birthday. Despite his reputation as the ‘bogeyman’ of Gatlin, he is kind, generous and will go to any length to protect those he loves. He is rarely seen without his dog Boo, whom he describes as his “eyes.”
Quote: “Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.”
Ridley (born Julia) Duchannes is Lena’s cousin and childhood ex-best friend, as well as the on/off girlfriend of Link. She became Dark on her 16th birthday and is also a Siren – a seductress who can easily entrap and control human minds. Ridley is wild, stubborn and rebellious, and when armed with a red lollipop, can make people do anything she wants. Despite being Dark, she genuinely cares for Lena and risks her life to help Ethan and Link save her cousin.
Quote: “Take a good look Hot Rod. This is the last time you’re ever gonna see me.”